"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Romans 10:9 says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Preachers say that in order to be saved, all we have to do is mention the name of Jesus Christ and believe that God has resurrected him from death. It is that simple. If it is true, every Christian in the entire world and about 70% of Americans are saved and will go to heaven. But it is not true.
Let us look at the context of the passage. Romans 10 says: "12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The context refers to salvation for both Jews and Greeks (Non-Jews). The Jews have not accepted Jesus as Messiah. The Greeks at the time of this writing were Gentiles who knew nothing about the scriptures or about the Messiah. Neither the Jews nor the Gentiles mentioned in this verse were Christian believers. Paul is telling them to accept the resurrected Jesus Christ as their Lord for their eternal salvation. The term 'Lord' means 'Master.'
Let’s look again at the context of this verse. At the time of this writing, Jesus had just been crucified. His death occurred on a cross (a shameful death), and he was killed alongside two criminals, one hanging on either side of Jesus. For a Christian, at this time in history, it was a dangerous act to openly confess faith in Jesus as his resurrected lord and master; an act likely to be met with swift punishment at the hands of the same rulers who had Jesus killed. Are we saved if we confess the Lord Jesus Christ? This is a far cry from today’s Christians mentioning that Jesus Christ is Lord.
When the Jews and Greeks confessed Jesus Christ as their 'Lord', they meant that he was their master and they were his servants (i.e., slaves). But today, when Christians use the term 'Lord,' they think of it as just another name, like Mike, Bill, or Tom. Lord Jesus Christ could mean, 'Lord' is his first name, 'Jesus' is his middle name, and 'Christ' is his last name. But when the Bible says: "call upon the name of the Lord," it is to willingly acknowledge that he is master and we become his servant/slave. People argue and debate over whether should we obey Jesus or not, and whether obedience is required for our salvation. If he is truly our 'Lord', there is no reason for this kind of debate, because we will obey him. Further, these verses use the term ‘SHALL BE’ saved. They do not say they ‘just got’ saved, or that they ‘are immediately’ saved, nor is this what these verses mean. Rather, ‘shall be’ means that completing this first step and all subsequent steps specified in scripture will lead to salvation.
Despite these facts, preachers tell Christians that as soon as they confess the name of Jesus Christ and/or confess that he is Lord (whatever ‘confess’ means!) and believe that he is resurrected, they are saved. What is the reason behind this deliberate misrepresentation? Is it not a planned delegation of the souls of Christians to eternal death? We must treat Jesus Christ as the Master of our life (that is what ‘Lord’ means). Simply believing that he will take us to heaven, and calling out him by his first name 'Lord' does not make him our Master; neither will it bring us to salvation. Until we obey him as he is our Master, 'Lord' means as if it is his first name. Only our obedience begins our salvation.
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